Father Scott Hurd serves as the liaison with the USCCB for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Cœtibus here in America. He has been looking at the options available to all Anglican groups in establishing a U.S. Anglican Ordinariate.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created an ad hoc committee led by Donald Cardinal Wuerl last September that was charged with assisting the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in implementing the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus.
Today Father Hurd concelebrated Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham (OLW) Anglican Use Church as part of his visit to Houston. After Mass there was a tiny reception outside the church which was followed by a short talk with a question and answer period for the parishioners of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Some major points that were learned today concerning the process as to where we are in possibly establishing a U.S. Anglican Ordinariate. Please note that none of this official.:
1. At this point the ad hoc committee is waiting for the Vatican’s formal decision on establishing an Anglican Ordinariate. A definitive decision by the Vatican is expected to occur.
2. The level of interest in the United States is high in establishing an Anglican Ordinariate. There is a “sun-belt” phenomenon as far as the level of interest and organization that is involved. For example the southern states have shown tremendous interest in the establishment of an Anglican Ordinariate in enthusiasm and numbers which is in contrast to lower levels of interest in such parts as the Midwest and New England.
3. If an Anglican Ordinariate is established then an announcement of an ordinary would logically follow. This ordinary would more than likely have a very strong Anglican heritage to lead this new Ordinariate. Father Scott Hurd has humbly denied that he is a candidate for this position if it were to occur.
4. Outside of the United States, the possibility of establishing an Anglican Ordinariate in other regions of the world may occur in Canada and in Australia (potentially in that order). In addition there are “rumblings’ in Africa but nothing substantive of note.
5. Rumors of the Anglo-Lutherans are just that rumors. At best there are informal talks between Anglo-Lutherans and unofficial elements in Washington D.C. Please note there is no formal talks, no official standing, no official communication between the Vatican, any diocese/bishop, or national bishop’s conference.
Anything else that you may here from this talk in Houston, especially concerning time-lines, is pure speculation.
What we all can do at this moment for the possible establishment of an Anglican Ordinariate in the United States is to pray fervently for the best possible outcome.
Tito Edwards manages the Catholic websites, ThePulp.it and The American Catholic, for the new evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium.
This was cross-posted at Gulf Coast Catholic.